My inner geek is all atwitter.
I read last week that scientists were able to teleport – that’s right TELEPORT – a photon from Earth to orbit for the first time ever.
Chinese scientists from the University of Science and Technology of China created a link between the university’s surface station and China’s quantum satellite. The teleportation took place like this, according to reports, because of something called quantum entanglement.
Quantum entanglement is when two objects are created at the exact same time and point in space, and share the same quantum state. The two objects are “inexorably” linked, which means that even if they are split apart over a long distance, you can alter one and the action will show in the other, because they are the same.
Scientists the world over are calling this the first step towards what could be a whole new era of communication.
I’ll just go ahead and say it: Cool.
I remember the first time this idea was introduced to me. It was when I was about 11 years old, and I saw the original Willy Wonka movie. You remember…the obnoxious kid, Mike Teavee, gets turned into a billion pieces and transported into the television in Wonka’s lab. He winds up really tiny.
You know, like his brain.
I remember thinking, “How cool is that? I could go anywhere.”
At some point in my teen years, I discovered “Star Trek.” The original series. With…Capt. Kirk…and…his crew. (Admit it…you just read that in William Shatner’s voice.)
I wanted to be beamed up. I still want to be beamed up. I’d love to board the Enterprise and boldly, well, go.
And now – here’s the reason I’m all atwitter – this could someday become possible.
Of course, I may be dead and gone by then. But they could thaw out my head. Which will be cryogenically frozen for the occasion.
Beam me up, Scotty.